Competition rules 2016

Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2016

Alison Brackenbury portrait
Alison Brackenbury will judge this competition

 Closing Date: 31st October 2016

  1. Prizes: 1st Prize £200,   2nd Prize £100,    3rd Prize £75
  2. Entrance Fee:  £4 for one poem,  £7 for two,  £10 for three,  £3 for each additional poem.
  3. Poems
    • Poems may be in any style and on any subject. They must be the entrant’s original and unaided work; in English and not a translation; have a maximum of 40 lines per poem excluding the title and be printed or printable on one side of A4 paper.
    • Up to six poems per entrant may be submitted, provided each is on a separate sheet and the correct entry fee is paid.
    • The entrant’s name must not appear on the poem.
    • Poems must not have been published (in print or online), or have won a prize in a previous competition, or be currently submitted to another competition or for publication.
    • Members of Fire River Poets and their immediate families are not eligible.
    • It is regretted that entries cannot be returned.
    • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into. Click here to read about the competition judge, Alison Brackenbury
    • Submission of a poem implies the entrant’s acceptance of the rules.
  4. Postal Entries (with cheque or Money Order) 
    • Poems must be accompanied by the correct payment and a sheet of paper giving titles of poems, entrant’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
    • Send to: Fire River Poets Poetry Competition 2016, 2, Deane View, Bishop’s Hull Road, Taunton TA1 5EG (Please ensure sufficient postage is paid.)
    • Please make cheques and International Money Orders payable to FIRE RIVER POETS. We can only accept pounds sterling (GBP).
    • If acknowledgement of entry is required by post, send SAE marked ‘A’ for acknowledgement
  5. Online Entries (via PayPal)
    • Please use the PayPal payment section at the end of this page
    • After completing the purchase, please create an e-mail with your poem(s) and details as follows:
      • Put your PayPal Transaction Reference in the subject line.
      • In the body of the email,  list the titles of poems you are submitting, together with your name, home address, e-mail address and telephone number.
      • Attach each poem to the email as a separate file (.doc, .docx or .pdf format)
    • Send your email to:
  6. Notification of Results
    We will notify prizewinners by the end of January 2017. A list of prizewinners and winning poems will appear on the Fire River Poets website as soon as possible after this notification. Copyright remains with the author.

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